Standing up for SW part and parcel of job
Last week, I was criticised in these pages for criticising the WA Government.
As the Member for Vasse, and as a member of the State Opposition, it is my role to hold the State Government to account, especially over those issues which impact our community.
This is why I remain unapologetic for holding the McGowan Government to account on several matters, including plans to close the Canal Rocks Boat Ramp and unfairly increasing power and water costs on South West families.
It is also why I will continue to work to ensure our region is not conveniently ignored when it comes to infrastructure spending, and that those projects initiated by the previous Liberal-National Government, including upgrading Bussell Highway between Capel and Busselton to a dual carriageway, continue.
West Australians across the political spectrum understand the importance of returning our State’s finances to surplus. But in this era of “budget repair”, we can ill afford to do so by taxing already-struggling businesses out of existence, cutting spending on public services and infrastructure, and unfairly increasing living costs for thousands of WA families.
Furthermore, the former Government provided a realistic solution for Budget repair, one already adopted in NSW and most other States. Proceeds from selling the poles and wires component of Western Power would have reduced State debt by almost $11 billion and delivered interest savings of $367 million a year that would avoid the pain of massive increases to household fees and charges. And according to the independent and well-respected ACCC, that would also lead to lower power prices.
Libby Mettam MLA, Vasse